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Protected Areas

At CATIE we support the member countries of the region in achieving the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. These are meant to strengthen protected area systems that effectively contribute to the conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and human welfare.

Therefore, we create technical tools from the research and technical cooperation processes needed to reduce current vulnerability and increase future resilience of these conservation systems to global change. This work is enhanced by the upgrading of tools for the adaptive co-management of protected area systems.

For example, we are currently developing methodologies for the design and monitoring of strategies for adaptation to climate change on regional scales, with case studies in Costa Rica and Brazil. We are also developing methodologies for planning individual protected areas and methods for evaluating the conservation status of biodiversity in conservation systems.

Additionally, this process to generate technical information is complemented by a training program on protected areas, climate change and biological corridors.

Biological Corridors

Biological corridors are platforms for social harmonization in which stakeholders work together to conserve or restore ecological connectivity and at the same time they provide opportunities for sustainable development. They are also instruments that complement the role of protected areas, from an ecological as well as a socioeconomic point of view.

The design and management of biological corridors approach is one of the key elements of participatory management for conservation.

The Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors directs its efforts toward designing tools to improve their design and management from a territory perspective.

The approach is meant to strengthen the capacities of management structures at the local level to increase their participation in decision making on conservation objectives. From this perspective, the chair has been developing tools to improve adaptive management in biological corridors locally in Costa Rica as well as in other Central American countries.

Additionally, we continue to support capacity building in national institutions engaged in the management of biological corridors, such as the National Biological Corridors Program of SINAC (Costa Rica) and the efforts of the Institute for the Conservation of Forests, Protected Areas and Wildlife of Honduras.